Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 GTMW. Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout. Poured from a mannequin dressed as Waldo. The odd thing about this beer was that Iím not particularly fond of the non barrel aged cherry stout, but I happened to be near the Bellsí tent when this was being poured, and so who can resist a sample. Iím glad I gave into temptation. Nose is bourbon and imperial stout, with a hint of fruit. Palate was thick and chewy, with flavors of malted milk balls, sour cherry, French roast, and a slight sweetness on the finish. It seems as though the components I didnít like about the cherry stout were much more rounded out and balanced here. Perhaps both the aging process and the bourbon together resulted in this being a fabulous beer.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Something I had in the middle of the Indiana Brewerís Guild fest. Dark Dark brown with a thin tan head. Nary a sign of cherry initially. There is a big healthy bourbon stout nose though. Sweet alcohol nose over a slightly cherry to oaky nose. As this warms, the cherry comes out. Thin body without much fizz of body, but this only makes this more drinkable, not watery. Cherry obviates itself with warming. Bourbon stout up front when cold though. Roast, alcohol, and cherry beats out the sweetness, driving the balance out, but this isnít a bad thing in my opinion. My only concern is that bourbon barrel aged cherry stout is something different than the oak aged cherry stout...
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Indiana Microbrewers Festival - Aroma of roasted dark malts, oak, vanilla and subtle dark cherry. Pours black with a small head. Flavor matches aroma with the cherry tartness taking over the aftertaste. Palate is sticky and tart. Very nice.
lyebaptism (17) - USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours well with a thin dark brown head. It smells of roasted coffee and dark cherries. The it feels slightly oily when sipped but fills the mouth with a warm lasting glow. It tastes of coffee and slightly bitter cherries and is slightly sweet. This is a good after dinner beer, or perhaps one to drink while eating a salad.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW 06, great big Larry Bell pour. Black body with no head. The aroma is bourbon, cherry, chocolate, coffee and roast. The flavor is cherry, molases and toffee, semi-sweet. Full, sticky body with a soft texture.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured by Larry @ Taste of the Midwest. poured a cloudy poo brown color w/ a tiny whisp of head. Aromas of slightly tart cherries burnt carmels and light chocolates. Palate was well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor was mostly the tart cherry a bit of an odd taste w/ it the cherries ahve just never tasted right to me in this beer. Some light boozy bourbon notes emerge w/ warmth and lots of sweet malts and hints of wood.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 GTMW. Thanks Larry! Clear dark brown, no head. Cherry roasted brown sugar. Solidy smooth cherry melded with bourbon. Chocolate. Simply put, a perfect cherry stout.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest, poured by Mr. Bell himself! Poured a deep, murky brown with a dusting of caramel head. Nose was of strong, tart cherries with dark chocolate and solid accents from the bourbon barrel (bourbon sweetness, oak, and vanilla). Flavor consisted primarily of tart cherries, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolates... more oak and bourbon accents emerge with time. The palate was a tad too slick and light with the bourbon... also a tad grainy. Sticky, malty, vanilla-ey finish. Solid brew!